Rodney Times : December 14th 2010
30 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 14, 2010 NEWS Dress up a Xmas tree Community draw: Craig and Karinna Exon with one of the Salvation Army trees to be decorated in the days leading up to Christmas. Get along to the Salvation Army Christmas room in Greenview Lane, Red Beach and help decorate one of the 20 trees waiting for your touch. Captain Craig Exon says the main emphasis is on par- ticipation and to draw the wider community together. The event is in its fourth year but this is the first time we're in charge of managing it,'' he says. Craig and wife Karinna moved over from Australia last year. Tree decoration days begin on Sunday at 1pm, run all day Monday and until noon on December 21. All welcome. Viewings are open to the public December 21 to De- cember 23, from 7pm to 9.30pm. Entry by gold coin donation, includes a light supper. Christmas cel- ebration on December 24 at 6pm. Contact Karinna Exon on 0275-534-344 if you want to decorate a tree. Bus station celebration Smooth ride: Paul Minett is helping hand out raspberry smoothies to Albany park and ride visitors on Thursday at 7am. Raspberry smoothies will be handed out along with flyers at a Cele- bration at the Bus Sta- tion on Thursday at 7am at Albany Bus Station park and ride. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board chairwoman Julia Parfitt and other board members will be helping Raspberry Ex- press representatives give smoothies to adver- tise the service and its website www.rasp berryexpress.co.nz. The Raspberry Express is an adaption of the San Francisco cas- ual carpooling service. All members are vetted and drivers receive ride credits for taking passengers, and passengers give ride credits for taking a ride. The credits can be used to enter prize draws. Our goal is to get 150 or more people who travel to Auckland some or most days from the Hibiscus Coast to agree to give Raspberry Express a go,'' represen- tative Paul Minett says. He hopes to see the service also established at the planned Silver- dale park and ride opposite the Silverdale Rugby Club on the Hibiscus Highway. Volunteers are sought to help launch the Hibis- cus Coast Chapter of the New Zealand Express Carpooling Association. An information meet- ing is planned in Orewa on January 14. Email paulminett@ raspberryrideshare.com for information. Youngsters run and jump for their schools Big leap: Darius Farmer of Orewa Primary School won the 80 metre sprint and the high jump with a 1.33 metre leap in the small schools category. Photos: JILL GUILLEMIN All-rounder: Luke Hitchcock, year 6, Warkworth Primary School won the long jump, was second in the 80 metre sprint and third in the discus. Jack Gothard, also of Warkworth, won the shot put. Warkworth Primary School was the overall winner of the large schools class at the Hibiscus Coast Sports Associ- ation Athletics Cup in the Millenium Stadium at East Coast Bays on December 1. About 20 athletes from year 5 and 6 took part. Other Rodney schools included Matakana, Kaipara Flats, Leigh, Mahurangi Christian School and Snells Beach.
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